Bright Brewery Restaurant and Lodge

12119 FM 381, Eola, TX, 76937, United States
(325) 469-3314
Latitude: 31.52680, Longitude: -100.10360


Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 2.75 | Atmosphere: 3.00 | Service: 4.75 | Food: 4.00
out of 100
Overall Beer Mapping Score
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jjturcheck (28)
Tuesday 17th of July 2012 05:54:41 PM
My wife and I went down to San Angelo one day from Abilene where we live to check this place out. I'm indifferent about it. First thing is it was really hard to find. And thats saying a lot because you can drive from one end of town to the other in 30 seconds going the speed limit. They just don't have very good directions. We almost turned around but we decided to keep hunting when I decided to call for help. The guy tried to help us find it without success. But after driving around we found the building that he described to us. An old rundown schoolhouse. Pretty old. The only sign about the brewery is printed on printer paper and taped to the front door. Once we walked in we saw that the place really was an old rundown in need of restoration schoolhouse. We turned down the right hallway and turned left into the brewery to be greeted by the one and only employee. Who seemed to be a little lit himself. But hey!, its his place and he was happy to have us and serve us. We sat down in what was an old classroom and at the time he only had 2 beers on tap. And I was pretty impressed. Not the greatest mind you, but better than I was expecting from this hole in the wall place. I don't think he had any other beers on tap or in bottle. But he did have water if thats what you're looking for.

Atmosphere was one of those things I tried to ignore. I know the place is in a state of disrepair but when beer hunting, I don't always care about whats lurking around. :) I'm there to enjoy a cold one or two. So if broken bathroom ceilings and doors and graffiti all over everything bothers you, don't go. If you're going for some beer, have fun!

The food that we had was pizza. Hand made by none other than our favorite single employed guy doing everything! Haha. It was really good. Fresh dough made from local grain and dollops of goat cheese (also local) and fresh tomatoes slices on each slice of pizza. Not my cup of tea perhaps but my wife thought it was excellent. After the pizza he brought out on the house a few dinner crackers with goat cheese and jalapeno jam for us. Once again not my thing but my wife liked them a little bit.

Everything was extremely cheap. Beers were 2 dollars for a styrofoam cup (lol) and the pizza I want to say was 10 bucks.

Overall this place was one in a million. Especially for one guy doing everything. Props to him. Great nice guy who loves to talk. Can't wait to someday check it out again if it is still there when we venture that way again. He plans to turn all the rooms into lodging and make the whole building work out in his favor. He's got a long way to go to make that happen. But I wish him much luck
Selection: 2.5 | Atmosphere: 2.25 | Service: 5 | Food: 4.0

hiikeeba (19)
Saturday 8th of March 2008 04:21:19 PM
I stopped by Eola School Brewery and Lodge while traveling to Midland. I arrived at 2 pm, and Mark let me sample his beers, and we talked beer and brewing. I ordered his brisket sandwich, and it was a great sandwich. The fries are homemade, and excellent.

The Eola School Restaurant isn’t the fanciest place in the world. Parts of the building need work—parts of the men’s room ceiling had collapsed, exposing the structure; the flat bed trailer could use a roof; and the whole place could use a coat of paint. It is, however, a great small town Texas restaurant: a little, out of the way place with personality and good food.

The Bright Brewery doesn’t make the best beer in the world. But it’s fresh, crisp, and only $2 a glass. Well, a styrofoam cup. And it’s the only craft beer between Fredericksburg, Texas and Artesia, New Mexico. And the world, especially small town Texas, needs more craft beer.

It’s a perfect place for me to stop on my frequent trips to Midland.
Selection: 3 | Atmosphere: 3.75 | Service: 4.5 | Food: 4.25

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